Today’s News - Thursday, January 26, 2017
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• McKibben minces no words about "the steady demolition of 50 years' worth of environmental protection" under Trump: there's "a new day dawning, and we're sure as hell not going to use any of that sunlight for energy."
• Green parses "the domestic debate over climate change and the economic impact of environmental regulations," which "has reached a fever pitch."
• A bright note in a sea of bad news: the APA's Planners4Health initiative "will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level" (but is CDC funding now frozen?).
• A Kresge Foundation's report rates American urban-focused professional associations re: their focus on climate change issues: "few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit consideration of social justice" (AIA, ASLA, ULI, etc. make Tier 1).
• Dunlap debuts a new NYT series of "case studies in resilient design, focused on the NYC area that offer lessons to builders everywhere" - starting with SHoP's American Copper Buildings.
• Smallenberg cheers "NACTO Global Street Design Guide": despite "a few faults," it is an "invaluable guide" that "will help in reducing the guess work and sometimes incorrect assumptions when it comes to how streets really work."
• Jolliffe parses whether architects are "victims of their own rhetoric" by turning off the public with their "unintelligible, self-serving language" (with "hyperbolic vortex" and "tectonically honest place-making" - is there any doubt?).
• The U.K.'s Twentieth Century Society issues its Buildings at Risk 2017 list (better photos might make it more convincing).
• The 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens, Québec, will include six "Playsages" by six international teams.
• Kilston cheers a new map by AIA Los Angeles and NOMA that showcases landmarks by African-American Architects in L.A.
• Call for entries: an "intervention" for Revellín Plaza at Concéntrico 03, Logroño Architecture and Design Festival in Spain.
• One we couldn't resist: Orwell's "1984" tops Amazon's bestseller list (our favorite Amazon review: "Perfect Primer for POTUS 45").
• Weekend diversions:
• "Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years At Work" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture offers "an autobiographical glimpse into the evolution of her ideas and work as an architect, activist, editor, and curator" (and celebrates her 90th birthday - Happy Birthday, Phyllis!).
• Welton is looking forward to "Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana's Summer House" by a who's who at NYC's Center for Architecture.
• Hess organizes the first exhibition of an FLW collaborator: "Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture" at the PVAC in L.A. highlights the "prolific and highly-regarded architect in his own right."
• Kuma co-curates "Japan Unlayered" in Vancouver, "designed to be a sensory experience of Japanese culture through touch, taste, sight, sound and smell."
• Ingalls cheers "Amplified Urbanism," LOHA's' new monograph that "makes the case that it is time to start celebrating L.A.'s offbeat urbanism."
• 7 novels every architect should read: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." "The Little Prince," and, of course, "The Fountainhead" included.
• Diller is working on an opera for the High Line "appropriately coined the Mile Long Opera."
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Bill McKibben/350.org: A Bad Day for the Environment, with Many More to Come: Under Trump, we are about to witness the steady demolition of 50 years’ worth of environmental protections: ...a new day dawning, and we’re sure as hell not going to use any of that sunlight for energy.- New Yorker
Jared Green: Trump Orchestrates Major Shift on Climate and Environment: ...with its focus on rolling back environmental regulations and expanding fossil fuel extraction...also removed content on climate change from the White House website...the domestic debate over climate change and the economic impact of environmental regulations...has reached a fever pitch.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health: APA is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative...will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); American Public Health Association (APHA)- American Planning Association (APA)
Report: Professional Societies and Climate Change: Most urban-focused professional societies in the U.S. are working to educate their members on climate change issues, but few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit consideration of social justice.- Kresge Foundation
David W. Dunlap: Building to the Sky, With a Plan for Rising Waters: Twin apartment towers on the East River in Manhattan embody the concrete steps that builders are taking against the effects of extreme weather: The American Copper Buildings were designed so that tenants could live in their apartments for at least a week if the area floods. -- SHoP Architects; WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff; BuroHappold; Scape [images]- New York Times
Greg Smallenberg/PFS Studio: "NACTO Global Street Design Guide": ...from the National Association of City Transportation Officials...invaluable guide brings together extremely useful information and metrics...it will help in reducing the guess work and sometimes incorrect assumptions that many designers make when it comes to how streets really work.- The Dirt/American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Eleanor Jolliffe: Are architects victims of their own rhetoric? How can we expect the public to engage with architects while they associate them with expensive minimalist schemes and unintelligible, self-serving language...By making our language, our concepts and our awards ever more impenetrable who exactly are we serving?- BD/Building Design (UK)
Twentieth Century Society sounds ‘buildings in peril’ alarm: ...has named Holborn Library, in central London, and Durham University’s Brutalist student union building on its latest top-10 buildings at risk list. -- Richard Raines/Architects’ Co-Partnership; Levy and Cummings; G Noel Hill; Ted Hollamby; Rosemary Stjernstedt; Arthur Ling; Terence Gregory; Michael McLellan; William Lescaze; John Winter; Robert Maguire; Keith Murray; Giles Gilbert Scott; Adrian Gilbert Scott; James Melvin; Sauerbruch Hutton [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)
Six winning "Playsages" for the 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens, Québec, Canada. -- Collectif Escargo; Atelier YokYok; Gabriel Lacombe/Virginie Roy-Mazoyer; MANI; Johanna Ballhaus/Helen Wyss; Francisco A. Garcia Pérez and Alessandra Vignotto [images]- Bustler
Lyra Kilston: Little-Known Stories: Map Showcases More Than 50 Landmarks by African-American Architects in Los Angeles: ...from subway stations to libraries, hospitals... -- Debra Gerod/Jason E. Morris/Gruen Associates; Paul Revere Williams; Robert Kennard; Gabrielle Bullock; Roland A. Wiley; Valery Augustin; Norma Sklarek; Anne-Marie Armstrong; Elliot S. Barker; Charles E. Fleming/Carey K. Jenkins/Jenkins Fleming Architects; Drake Dillard; Harold L. Williams; Michael H. Anderson; Roland A. Wiley; AIA|LA; National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) [images]- KCET.org (California)
Call for entries: Design Competition and Intervention at Revellín Plaza at Concéntrico 03, Logroño, Spain, Architecture and Design Festival (international): will be part of the architectural collection of seven installations and one pavilion for the duration of the Festival; deadline: February 28- La Rioja Architects Cultural Foundation / Fundación Cultural de los Arquitectos de La Rioja (FCAR
Not an 'alternative fact': George Orwell's '1984' tops Amazon's bestseller list: The dystopian fiction drew flocks of book buyers after Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s comment about “alternative facts"..."Trump takes doublethink to a new extreme"...- Los Angeles Times
As Phyllis Lambert Turns 90, Exhibition Examining Her Impact and Influence Opens in Montréal: Canadian Centre for Architecture...offering an autobiographical glimpse into the evolution of her ideas and work as an architect, activist, editor, and curator. "Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years At Work" [images]- ArchDaily
J. Michael Welton: In NYC, the Case of the Missing Summer House: Frederick Church sculpted the landscape at Olana for his painting...when his son drew up a detailed plan for the property in 1886, he curiously indicated a site...for a summer house...it was never built. But it’s found new life today, through "Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House" beginning on Jan. 31, at AIANY’s Center for Architecture in Manhattan.- Architects and Artisans
Alan Hess organizes first exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright collaborator and California architect Aaron G. Green: "Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture" at the Palos Verdes Art Center (PVAC) in Los Angeles...a prolific and highly-regarded architect in his own right who spent six decades practicing architecture, mainly in the San Francisco area.- The Architect's Newspaper
Kengo Kuma co-curates exhibition on Japanese architecture for Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver: "Japan Unlayered" is designed to be a sensory experience that invites one to experience Japanese culture through touch, taste, sight, sound and smell.- Canadian Architect
Julia Ingalls: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects pumps up the volume with "Amplified Urbanism": ...LOHA's’ new monograph...takes pains to illuminate the Los Angeles’s soul and vibe...essays serve as connective tissue between the bones of the architecture and the spirit of the concept...makes the case that it is time to start celebrating L.A.’s offbeat urbanism. [images]- Archinect
7 Novels Every Architect Should Read: These non-architectural novels each have their own qualities that could open up the architectural world...- ArchDaily
Elizabeth Diller is working on an opera for the High Line: ...expected to take place in 2019...appropriately coined the Mile Long Opera. Diller will be working with composer David Lang and sound designer Brude Odland for the project. -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro- The Architect's Newspaper
Jason Dibbs: Marina Tabassum Architects: Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh: ...utilizes simple, unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow, and creating a space for religious reverie and transcendence. [images]
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